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Review: Grey's Anatomy - Blink

by Michael Pascua, posted Jan 15th 2010 12:40AM
Mark and Addison discuss.
(S06E11) I'll be the first person to admit that I loved Addison on Grey's Anatomy, but I hate Private Practice. Whenever crossovers happen, I never watch the Private Practice half and yet the storyline isn't lost by me. It's one of those ABC ploys for me to watch another show, and I'm not having it. The episode did make me miss Addison. She melded perfectly into Seattle Grace with her interactions with Callie, Bailey, Mark, and Derek as if she wasn't a guest character.

Overall, the episode continued its strong, character-driven direction this season and felt like a return to the core characters with Bailey's frankness, Cristina's determination, and Meredith's stereotypical facial expression she gives.

One season ago, Mark was a womanizer and now he's a mature grandfather-to-be? I still can't understand how Mark's character took a quick turn over the holiday season, defending a girl he never knew over the woman that he fell in love with. I get that he's a concerned father, but the fact that he was hovering over Addison in the surgery was out of line for anyone. Addison was right: he should have been in the viewing room and trusted Addison, whom he personally called.

I am disappointed. Lexie was the one that matured Mark to be in a monogamous relationship and then a deus ex machina turns him into a mature father. Lexie clearly has to become the Grey with all the relationship drama now that Meredith is happy with Derek. Lexie was growing on me, too. Let's hope they don't screw her character up even more.

Was it really a learning lesson or total torture that Teddy forced Cristina on the one paranoid patient? There's a degree of jealousy between Teddy and Owen, and she took it out on Cristina. I don't appreciate Teddy's teaching skills. The fact that she sat back and read the magazine, not even looking, is deplorable. I hope she's like this with all the residents. On the other hand, Cristina still needs to learn the idea of patient interactions, concerns, and care. Her discussion with Meredith about gut instinct versus informed choice, paralleling the fact that she had to use her gut instead of her information. In the end, I'm not surprised that Cristina blurted out that she would be willing to ditch Owen to further her career.

Derek finally put the math together: Bailey and Meredith have been covering the chief's problem. It's interesting to see how far Bailey and Meredith went to not tell Derek. Were they afraid that he would actually form a coup against the chief? Meredith should have told someone about the drinking issues a long time ago. Watching the surgeries and one-on-one time may have helped her, but the chief continued to drone on about Meredith's mother instead of the techniques. The idea of being a hero was referenced; will Derek be the one to save the chief?

As for the small things I loved the quick shot of Arizona and Callie in the shower. I still don't like Charlie (or Jackson, but he wasn't around this week). Who else was a little taken aback by Bailey's taste in men? Finally, I would rather have a cheating Alex than the return of Izzie (she should be back next week).

How did you like the first Grey's of 2010? Leave your comments below.

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Cindy

The show was HORRIBLE tonight!

March 31 2011 at 10:04 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
millie 50

I am giving up watching grays. the writing is worse than awful, the characters are totally unbelieveable and in general the show is boring. who is doing the writing these days?

January 15 2010 at 10:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Marie

I am quitting watching due to the loud music, I have to turn the TV up so loud just to understand what they are saying. If I wanted the music I would go to a music channel. The same for Brothers & Sisters

April 13 2010 at 12:09 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
sandrine

The gallbladder guy had numerous follow ups in a short amount of time because the chief botched his surgery and Bailey was helping the chief cover the mistake up by following up the patient thoroughly and making sure that the issue didn't get out because if people knew that the chief clamped the wrong duct (i.e. the common bile duct), it would cost him his career. Heck, the patient didn't even know that something went wrong with his surgery. Bailey just said she liked the guy so that Derek would stop questioning her. Did you honestly think that she really liked the guy? Oh dear!

January 15 2010 at 7:41 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Barb

Good show! Liked the crossover.
The only think I have to say the lesbian relationship w/ Callie will go no where. Here is 2 pretty woman and what? Boring,
Could have done more with Meredith and her fathers relationship since the transplant instead of Meridith in bed most episodes.
I Think the Cheif needs to have a good storyline soon.

January 15 2010 at 5:41 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
asha

It was about time that Mark/Lexie broke up. That relationship was never set up properly. Alex and Lexie doing the deed was meh, but it was better than Alex/Reed. Alex really needs a better storyline without involving Izzie or sex.

Cristina was awesome in this episode. I totally agreed with her decision because that's who she is since the debut of Grey's. Teddy and Owen are pathetic characters and need to go far far away, preferably in another galaxy.

January 15 2010 at 2:51 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Xina

I agree with Dorv...you missed quite a bit with Marc and Addison by not watching "Private Practice." So mush so that I am bettering if you watched PP your review would read quite a bit differently.

And I don't think Bailey is interested in that guy at all. The hospital and the merger is putting people on edge, the last thing they need is a huge lawsuit..so sucking up to that guy is the best way Bailey can gauge what he knows, and how he feels. She told Derek that to cover for the chief and so he would quit asking about her personal life...I thought that was glaringly obvious!

As for Marc...I dont' think his transformation is quite as quick as you think. Do you have kids? If not...let me tell you for many people, especially men because they don't carry the baby, there is that moment, that one defining moment where it hits you..i am a dad. This is it..and you step up...Not only did we see that in this episode, but Lexie called him on it as well.

And I understand where Lexie is coming from...she is young, and is just coming to terms with her love for Marc, and older man with a past...and now here he is making decisions for the both of them that drastically effect her life as well. She has a right to question him on it!

January 15 2010 at 2:03 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Dorv

Micheal: I'm not a Private Practice fan either, but I do watch the cross-over episodes. And, truthfully, all of the coloring of Mark that you saw in this episode, and based your opinion on, are missing a lot of detail because you didn't catch it.

January 15 2010 at 12:14 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Lance

it sure is good to have grey's back..i definitely think they shook it up quite a bit this episode..i really enjoyed it. i don't see how anyone can complain about this show..relax.

i must give credit to their ending sequences, they really have some great endings, props to whoever is responsible for the music too...although it got pretty loud causing me to have to instant reply a few times to understand what people were saying.

great episode. can't wait for next week.

January 15 2010 at 11:42 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
charles melrose III

You don't get this show. It's all about changes in the characters over time. If there's no change, there's no story. The evolution of Mark Sloan's character defines and drives last night's narrative. Very different from your insipid dancing shows.

January 15 2010 at 10:25 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Michael Pascua

I understand that characters change and evolve. That's life. All Grey's episodes read: "I have an opinion on this, but a surgery helped me cope with (or evolve from) it."

Yet we still see the core of Meredith (dark/emotional), Christina (driven/analytical), and Alex (frustrated/angry/sexual) all still the same. Similarly, Bailey may be divorced but she's still the same "Nazi," Callie may be a lesbian, but she's still fiery and passionate about surgeries/lifel. Even Lexie was the naive young one, she's matured a hell of a lot, but still makes naive decisions. Lexie & Alex at the end of the episode was a good example of keeping in character even if they evolved, because the both were still believably in character.

Mark on the other hand took a total left turn from womanizing man to concerned grandfather in a year (or however long a season is in the Shonda universe). Yeah, he's evolving, but if you looked at Mark at the beginning (Derek's best friend who slept with Addison) to now (Concerned more about his daughter that arrived in his life recently versus the woman that taught him how to control his sexual urges and love one person) you have to think that that's drastic. Traditionally, Callie was his voice of reason and she was nowhere near him in the previous episode. Has he grown "up" that he doesn't need Callie's opinions? Probably, but it feels out of character to not have the two of them interact.

Granted I'm pretty sure that he devolved back into horny doctor in love with Addison on Private Practice based off of the previews. So the argument seems moot.

On the whole, I'd rather have Mark change completely, than Izzie show up and mess up the whole thing.

January 15 2010 at 11:35 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
B-Hath

"Who else was a little taken aback by Bailey's taste in men?"

I was actually assuming that was suppossed to be a cover up so Derek would quit asking about it....honestly...i think that's what it was there for..

Also, i agree with you on Izzie...show is better with her gone.

January 15 2010 at 9:31 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Michael Pascua

While I agree that it is a cover-up for the chief, I do think that six check-ups are a bit much. Two or three, spaced out in the time frame that the six were in would have sufficed.

It would be really funny though if we see Bailey and gallbladder guy try to date.

January 15 2010 at 11:20 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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